Destinie . . . what a great name to have as you look toward your future university experience! And where will that be? After campus visits to James Madison University and William & Mary, Elon University won! “This was the last college I visited, and I liked the environment. It has a lot of opportunities and is very big on global studies; I like to travel, so that attracted me. It’s also a nice campus, of medium size.” Although Destinie will miss being with family, she is looking forward to “meeting new people and starting a new chapter in life.”
Destinie joined us at Cape Henry Collegiate as a freshman; “the community seemed like a good fit, and CHC had more opportunities than my previous school.” Looking back over the past four years, she was especially influenced by her English, Science, and Art classes.
A shout out goes to Mr. Koeze, whom she had for two years as an English teacher; he had a large impact on her work--”he helped me become a better writer”--and knew her the best. All of her Science classes have had a great influence on her future college major, as she is interested in pursuing Biology and possibly pre-med classes. She cites Mrs. Moore, her teacher for both AP Biology and Honors Bio-Chemistry, one who has motivated her. Mrs. Moore reflects, “Destinie is a hard-working student and nothing ruffles her feathers! She recently presented her Final Group Project in Honors Biochemistry and did a wonderful job. She came up with the idea for a treatment that involves genetically-engineering the hair follicle stem cells of cancer patients so that the chemotherapy drugs can't affect hair follicle cells and don't cause hair loss. Brilliant!”
Destinie’s interest in the science behind human biology drew her to be a sophomore student ambassador on Alumni Day for a nurse anesthetist, providing her with helpful input. In her junior year on Job Shadowing Day, she was able to shadow an orthopedic surgeon--even having the opportunity to watch a surgical procedure take place. She was hooked.
Other experiences at the Cape have also been valuable. Playing softball for three years gave her a positive experience: “The team was fun and friendly!” Another good memory was helping eighth grade students with their grade-level project for English and History as a Writing Center coach. An even larger impact was made by the Visual Arts classes which she took during her entire time at CHC. Destinie has valued being able to learn a variety of mediums, especially drawing and painting, creating global jewelry, oil painting, and airbrush. Ms. Erbig observed, “In Art Foundations and Global Jewelry, she lead by example; her peers and I were always impressed with the level of detail and thought that went into each piece. She took the time to go above and beyond with each piece she created, and you could tell she genuinely enjoyed the artistic process. Although she is quiet and studious, her work speaks loudly about her artistic vision! There is not a medium she does not excel in when she sets her mind to it!” Mr. Warden notes, “This year she made her mark as a skilled artistic leader of her Airbrush and Oil painting classes. During critiques, her work was often cited as the example of how exceptionally well the projects could be done!” She plans to continue the pursuit of her love of art at Elon, as well.
As Destinie thought over the past four years in order to give advice to incoming students, she recommended, “Don’t be afraid to try new things and get involved.” Following her pattern of hard work--she can often be found studying in the library--would also be beneficial. It is obvious that Destinie’s diligence and involvement has led her to develop her interests, and we look forward to hearing about how she will continue to combine them to beautifully create her career!